Cosmetology & Therapeutic Massage

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Are you creative and caring? Now may be the time to consider a career in the fields of beauty or personal care. These careers include hair stylist, skin care specialist, and massage therapist, among others.

Virginia College's cosmetology program and therapeutic massage program are designed to prepare you for positions in the growing fields of cosmetology and massage therapy. Each program has a curriculum designed to provide real-world training that allows you to pursue a career in these fields.

How to become a Hair Stylist or Skin Care Specialist

Jump into the exciting field of cosmetology! If you have a creative flair and are seeking a fun and flexible work environment, take the opportunity to use your creativity in a positive way. Improve the way others look and feel by making their hair, nails, and skin more beautiful!

The right cosmetology training — and the right cosmetology program — are crucial. You can turn your interests and talents into a rewarding career at a Virginia College beauty program near you.

Beauty school programs are an important part of helping to turn out top hair design artists who have fun doing something they love to do. The beauty stylist programs at Virginia College offer real-world training in professional facilities modeled after real salons where students learn and work while pursuing their education.

These are growing fields, and trained professionals are needed. From now until 2018, government statistics* show that this job field will grow about 20 percent overall, which is much faster than the average for all occupations*. At Virginia College, you can jump-start your cosmetology career potential by getting hands-on experience at our own student-operated cosmetology locations while building your client list!

Don't wait! Get your exciting new cosmetology career started today!

How to become a Massage Therapist

Today, massage therapy is used as a means of treating painful ailments, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries, and promoting general health. Clients may seek massage for medical benefit or for relaxation purposes, and there is a wide range of massage treatments available to meet these distinct needs. Massage therapists can specialize in over 80 different types of massage, called modalities. Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, acupressure, sports massage, and neuromuscular massage are just a few of the many modalities in massage therapy.

The Therapeutic Massage programs at Virginia College, are designed to focus solely on courses that pertain to your career in massage. Do not worry if you are not already skilled in these areas. That is why you are coming to school! We are experienced in giving students the education and training they need to pursue their chosen careers.

In addition, you will also take part in an internship and be required to perform therapeutic massage treatments under the supervision of an instructor and/or a licensed therapist at one of our student massage center locations.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor, employment growth for massage therapists is expected to be faster than the average for all occupations with very good job prospects. They also state that, "employment will grow as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy. Increased interest in alternative medicine and holistic healing will translate into new openings for those skilled in massage therapy. Additionally, healthcare providers and medical insurance companies are beginning to recognize massage therapy as a legitimate treatment and preventative measure for many types of injuries and illnesses."*

Cosmetology & Therapeutic Massage Programs

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 Edition. Job outlook data are based on information published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and reflect a national sample or projection. No promise of a job or of potential salary is made or implied.

Note: The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed.